Wisdom brightens a person's face and changes its hard appearance. -Ecclesiatstes 8:1

Friday, October 22, 2010

Don’t tell me to slow down

For the next several weeks I’ve decided to keep a good log of my caloric intake. So I’ve been using a website called fitday.com to put in what foods I eat and what exercises I do, just to see where I’m at. I’ve used this site in the past but this time I noticed something that didn’t make me happy…

I started to put in my daily exercise of running, either treadmill or road, for at least 30 minutes. While I’ve attempted to increase my speed I am only doing about 13:20 minute miles at which I can keep pace. So, as I enter “running” into the search field, it comes up with several entries:

Notice anything?

Yeah, the slowest they have is 12 min/mile.

So I google “13.5 min/mile calories burned”




And there are several others where the slowest running time is 12 minute miles. Anything slower is considered walking.
Apparently when I’m running my 13:20 minute miles or slower, I’m actually walking.

I wish I’d known this for several 5k’s that I’ve been in; I would have entered as a walker and placed 1st. Then again, a couple of times some walkers beat me as I was running, but I thought that was because I stopped to walk.

This revelation offends me. I like to think I’m pretty athletic because I workout 5-6 days a week and at least 3 of those are days that I “run”.

I always knew I was slow, but I didn’t know that I was too slow to register on anyone’s ‘radar’ so-to-speak.

I would love to run a 10 minute mile. Yes, that is my ultimate goal; a goal I’ve been working on for almost 2 years, but I just don’t see it happening. And that really doesn’t bother me.

At least it didn’t until now. Now that I know I ‘walk’ when I think I’m running.

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